So in the recent tree well rescue thread,said, "I wonder how many of us ski with a phone but never put the patrol number in our contacts?" That really got me thinking. Many times I've THOUGHT about adding the ski patrol numbers for all my frequent mountains, but have never actually gotten around to it for no good reason (until now). I have family coming up to visit me next week, with a mix of skill levels. We'll be skiing Moonlight Basin and Big Sky. SO, I thought a quick visit to the websites would prove an easy way to find the patrols' phone numbers. Nope. For whatever reason, I couldn't easily find the numbers on the websites. Seems that would be a very easy, and good thing for them to include! The thought of having to abandon my wife or a friend to go get help scares me, especially if it could have been easily avoided if only I had the number (and a signal) handy. Would hate to have to call information, or deal with menus if you only have minutes to spare.
I called Moonlight Basin's general hotline, and of course you get a big long message, followed by a menu, which I made the mistake of going to the wrong selection, which led me to somebody's voicemail who wasn't available. Had to call again, and try a different extension. Finally, got a friendly person who hooked me up with their patrol's number. After some more digging, I found the Big Sky number on the website. It was the "contact us" option on the bottom of the page...duh. Still, I'm a little surprised that each website doesn't have a dedicated page for their ski patrol.
Anyhow, perhaps this thread could be a directory of sorts for Ski Patrol phone numbers to save each other the bit of hassle it takes to hunt them down. I'm sure that getting the phone numbers at each mountain is a piece of cake, but with the usual business of getting the day going at the mountain, I always seem to forget. Anyway, I made a few phone calls, and the numbers I've been given are as follows:
Disclaimer: You should verify the numbers against what they have listed AT the mountain (in case I or anyone here made an error), or make sure they're up to date as time goes on.
Big Sky: (406) 995-5880
Moonlight Basin: (406) 993-6651
Red Lodge: (406) 446-2610, ext. 306
Showdown: (406) 236-5522 - no direct number to ski patrol, must ask to be transferred